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Feile na gCloch – Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 Inis Oírr

Father Ted’s Craggy Island Draw Away – Capturing a sense of place through on location sketch outs on  Inis Oírr island. 

The Plassey Shipwreck as featured in Father Ted

Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September 2019
Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, County Galway
Cost €75

Feile na gCloch PDF Brochure including Registration and Payment Details
Féile na gCloch 2019 

Spend three days exploring Inis Oírr through sketching led by an experienced sketcher familiar with the island. Capture the magic scenery and culture of the smallest of the Aran Islands in your artists’s notebook. Experience this intimate island through drawing her castles, shipwrecks, churches, seascapes and iconic drystone walls. On location drawing tips and ideas to achieve more interesting sketchbooks using mixed media and handwritten text will be discussed at the start of each sketch out.

Timetable

Thursday 19th September 3pm – 5pm
If you are arriving early, there will be an extra sketch out. Meeting point – The harbour.
Friday 20th September 10am – 4pm
Father Ted’s Craggy Island Draw Away – Capturing a sense of place through on location sketch outs on Inis Oírr.
Saturday 21st September 10am – 4pm
10am-2pm – On location sketch outs with your allocated group at locations across the Island as above.
2pm – 4pm – Join a sketch out to capture the creation of a dry stone wall with prizes for the most evocative sketches.
Sunday 22nd September 10am – 1pm
On location sketch outs with your allocated group at locations across the Island as described above. A more detailed itinerary will be handed to you on arrival.

Through on location sketch outs you will discover the rugged beauty of this jewel in the Atlantic that inspired Sean Keating, Harry Clarke and Margaret Clarke. Enjoy the creative camaraderie and be part of the exhibition of work done over the weekend.

• This long weekend is for the self-motivated sketcher who wants to enjoy a fun and sociable time 

drawing on location in an ancient landscape. All levels of experience welcome.

Join a sketch out to capture the creation of a dry stone wall.

 Attend lectures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings by stone masons, stone carvers and the just plain stone mad to enhance your experience and understanding of the island and the festival.

• Each sketch out starts with a 30 minutes workshop with tips and inspiration from experienced sketchers. 

Your lunch will be delivered to you each day.

• Leave the island with a sketchbook full of memories.

  

What to Bring

Definitely sketchbooks, drawing pencils, pens, pencil sharpener, eraser. Watercolours, paint 

brushes, easel, colour pencils, oil pastels, or whichever medium / mediums you like to draw with.

Traditional Music, Arts & CraftsThis is an outdoor event. Irish weather is 

famous for offering 4 seasons in one day. Make sure to bring warm clothes, sturdy shoes and good rain gear. Inis Oírr has a lovely beach, so pack your bathers if you want to take the plunge.

The island hosts the best in traditional music, art and craft courses.

Regular music sessions and lively dances continue to lure legions of

visitors to Inis Oírr.

Payment Details

Cost €75

Payment must be received in Euro.
Cheques should be made payable to:
‘Galway County Council – Stone Wall Workshop’’

All Enquiries to:

Ms. Marie Mannion
Heritage Officer,
Forward Planning,
Áras an Chontae,
Galway County Council,
Prospect Hill, Galway
Tel: 00353 91 509198
E-mail: mmannion@galwaycoco.ie
Or
Gráinne Smyth / Caroline Hannon
Forward Planning,
Áras an Chontae,
Galway County Council,
Prospect Hill, Galway.
Tel: 00353 91 509121/509047
Email: gsmyth@galwaycoco.ie or channon@galwaycoco.ie
Website: http://www.galway.ie

Payment of €75 registers you to take part in the sketchouts each morning, it also includes a bus to and from the sketching location, and lunch and access to all of the lectures in the evenings.
Please note that Accommodation and Travel to and from the island is not included.
Participants need to organise their own accommodation and travel arrangements. A detailed list of both can be found after this payment section in the Getting Here is Easy  and Accommodation sections  below as well as in  the following pdf brochure (see link).

Feile na gCloch PDF Brochure including Registration and Payment Details
Féile na gCloch 2019

Getting Here is Easy

Daily ferry services from Doolin and Galway. Close to the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher are clearly visible from the island. You can also take an airplane over from Galway airport.See below for more details on travel and accommodation recommendations.

Recommendations & Advice for All Participants

It is recommended that Course Participants are suitably dressed for the workshop and wear steel toe capped boots, sturdy shoes or walking boots, work gloves and dress for the weather. Sketchers should bring walking boots or shoes, warm clothes and rain gear.

Transport to Inis Oírr

Workshop participants must book their own travel to Inis Oírr. There are ferry services operating from Rossaveel, Co Galway and Doolin in Co Clare.
Ferries Sailings Phone +353(0)83 3051647

The following are their contact details:

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The Craic Is Always Mighty On Inis Oírr by Jane Cassidy

The water of Inis Oírr can feel like a rare thing; crystal clear, cold, alive, holy and precious. I spent so much time with it during my residency that I felt like I was becoming a part of the limestone. It suited me very well and left me with my lessons and joys that I hope to keep with me for a long time.

I knew when I was headed to Áras Éanna that I was on to something good, but the island and the experience was so much more than I could have anticipated. My dad was well jealous so that was a good start! I live in Alabama so staring at Galway every day where I am from was an extra cherry.

The sense of community and culture was so refreshing. I was very lucky that my project involved filming and recording so much water. It was a great excuse to go gallivanting and finding out peoples’ favorite spots. I learned so much off the locals and the landscape that the final piece felt like a hymn to the island.

I’m going to return at Christmas to put on a bit of a winter solstice event. I hope I can manifest a create collaboration with Inis Oírr forever more. Dara too has been so supportive will all my ideas. It makes such a big different to have that encouragement.

I don’t suppose I ever should have left!

Na Lonnai Mor an Suaimhneas Jane Cassidy JPEG

Jane Cassidy was artist in residence at Aras Éanna arts centre on Inis Oírr in July 2017